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The Island President

The Island President

ORIGINAL TITLE:
The Island President
USA / 2011 / 101 min
DIRECTOR:
Jon Shenk
What use is democracy if you do not have a country?

In 2008 Mohamed Nasheed is elected president in the Maldives – after 30 years of dictatorship. After many years of struggle for democracy and human rights Nasheed now faces an even bigger challenge: global warming and rising sea levels threaten to submerge the low lying islands in the Indian Ocean. We follow him through his first year in office dedicated to the climate issue and intense preparations for the Copenhagen summit.

Jon Shenk

JON SHENK has won numerous awards for his documentaries, including BLAME SOMEBODY ELSE and LOST BOYS OF SUDAN. He has a Masters degree in Documentary Filmmaking from Stanford University, and has founded Actual Films in San Francisco.